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Factory spring wedge?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Model 70, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. Oct 13, 2011 at 5:23 AM
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    Model 70

    Model 70 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I changed out one side of my leaf springs last night (drivers side). After all was back together I noticed that the old spring pack has a tapered wedge stuck to the bottom of it. Wedge is a little over 1/8" thick at the rear and tapers to almost nothing at the front. Truck is 1997 Access cab 4X4. I have not found anything about this searching the threads here. Is this a factory installed item?
     
  2. Oct 13, 2011 at 10:09 AM
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    Box Rocket

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    Those are shims typically used to correct pinion angle. Do you have a lift?
     
  3. Oct 13, 2011 at 10:31 AM
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    Model 70

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    There is no lift on the truck as far as I know. I got it from the original owner who never had anything changed on the suspension. I did notice that the springs that came off stated that they were made in Mexico. The old springs were three leaves plus overload and the old shocks were OEM Toyota, one of which was leaking oil.
     
  4. Oct 14, 2011 at 4:48 AM
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    Model 70

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    I finished the spring and shock swap last night. Passenger side old spring pack also had a tapered wedge in it which I swapped to the new spring pack. What a difference in the quality of the handling with the new parts. Before the swap it felt like I was towing a trailer with the back end floating around. Now it feels firmly planted on the road at the rear end. I am going to start on the front coil-overs this afternoon.
     
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